As a homeowner, It’s always a good idea to have routine maintenance of the systems in your house. Electricity is a great modern-day convenience that provides us with a lot of benefits in our daily lives and in today’s world is something we can sometimes take for granted. But, electricity is also a tricky utility that can go very wrong and cause a lot of damage if not handled properly. Here are some simple items any homeowner can check to ensure their electricity is feeding into their home properly.
Plugs, Outlets, and GFCIs
With such a high demand on appliances and charging multiple devices in today’s world, it is really important to be sure your plugs, outlets, and GFCIs (or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) are working correctly.
- Be sure your plugs are not broken or frayed.
- A plug should not be forced into an outlet.
- Any plugs with a ground pin (the third prong), should be intact. If the ground pin has been removed, making your plug a two-prong plug now, this should not be used as this is not safe.
- Your outlets should be sturdy and well placed with visible intact wall plates.
- Be sure to place safety covers or plugs if there are small children in your home.
- Plugs should be inserted into the outlet all the way. If a plug is loose or falling out of the outlet, it might be time to replace the outlet.
- Avoid overloading outlets with too many plugs.
- Use surge protectors on electronic devices, appliances, phones, office equipment, and modems.
- If your home does not have GFCIs, they should be installed into your home. These can be installed at the outlet and are recommended for kitchens, bathrooms, garage, laundry room, and outdoors.
- Test your GFCIs per the manufacturers’ instructions to be sure they are working properly.